Walapane is located in the Nuwara Eliya district, which is the third district of the central province of Sri Lanka. Wherever you stop to visit in the villages around Walapane there are stunning views and warm hospitality to welcome you. Walapane was originally neamed Wathumulla and is located one hour north of Nuwara Eliya and two hours southeast of Kandy. The area features magnificent tea plantations and factories and picturesque mountains and these are just a few of the attractions that you can enjoy in the rural Sri Lanka. The region has an international reputation for its quality tea production which was initially started during the English colony period. There are endless hours of bird watching to be enjoyed beautiful river and waterfalls to be explored along with hiking walking and other recreational activities which can all be experienced in a cooler climate perfect for the outdoor and indoor activities that are on offer.
The region has an international reputation for quality tea production started during the English colony. Endless hours of birds watching, rivers watching, waterfalls watching, hiking, walking, and other recreational activities. All this can be experienced in a soft cooler climate offering ideal for the outdoors and perfect for that indoor indulgence. People who like to visit Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka must visit Walapane.
Walapane’s history goes back as far as 5000 years ago during which the Emperor of “Ravana” used Walapane as the agricultural hub of his kingdom. For example there is a place in “Harasedda” a village in Walapane that was used as Emperor Ravana’s dairy far. There is also a story told according to the Ramayana “Nāga Gothra” a group of local people who lived in the time of Emperor Ravana, who took the emperors body to the bush near Walapane little worlds end area. While in the Walapane Jungle the Nāga Gothra people tried to save the emperors life using herbs however failed to save his life. It is said that they then mummified his body and kept it in a mountain cave however his place of resting is yet to be discovered as the locals and tourists alike are reluctant to visit these jungles as it is inhabited by deadly snakes.
Early years of Kandyan kingdom (“Rata Wasama” ) Walapane was under “Sagama Tungama”. King Vimaladharmasuriya I, who ruled Sri Lanka from 1590 to 1604 also known as Konappu Bandara took measure to improve agriculture in Walapane.
During the Kandyan Kingdom, the Division of Walapane controlled by “Walapane Disawa” who represented the King of the Kandy. Peacock was the symbol of the Walapane Disawa. The flag with peacock represented Walapane also named “Mayura Maha Kodiya”. This flag also could be seen in “Gangarama” Temple in Kandy. There have been other flags of the Walapane Disawa, featuring the peacock.
Uva Wellassa rebellion – 1817 -1818
Governor Brownrigg issued a Proclamation on 01.01.1818 that seventeen local representatives were engaged in promoting rebellion and war against His Majesty’s Forces, and that they were “Rebels, Outlaws and Enemies to the British.” Their lands and properties were to be confiscated by the Crown. Among them representing Walapane Kiwulegedera Mohottala of Walapane, Yalagomme Mohotalla of Walapane, Udamadure Mohottala of Walapane and Dullewe Disawa of Walapane were punished.
Geo coordinates for Walapane town is Latitude: 7.095404 and Longitude: 80.861671. Walapane main town situated 1,280 metres above the sea level. Walapane Division covers a large area of central hills about 320 sq. km. Nearest town is Nuwara Eliya about 37 km away, from Kandy 60km and from Colombo 205km. Some highlights include location of Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall Kurundu Oya Falls, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Randenigala Reservoir and Wildlife, King Ravana Sites, tea plantations and Blue Garunda Marble site. The annual rainfall to Walapane area about 2,500 mm to 3,500 mm. The landslides are common during the monsoon period damage houses, infrastructure as well as interrupting road traffic. The mitigation work started by the Landslide Studies and Services Division (LSSD) of the Sri Lanka Government. The applied structural mitigation measures for mitigating this landslides include trimming and bunching, rock blasting, soil nailing, rock bolting, and construction of surface drainage, and turf.
In 2013 Walapane Electorate had 78,584 electors registered. There are Singhala, Tamil and Sri Lankan Moors people live in the area. The census information shows population in 2001 was 106,434 however, in 2012 population reduced to 103,152. Walapane area covers about 320 km² with population density of 322.4 inh./km². Official postcode used for Walapane is 22270. Literacy rate for Walapane stand at 83% in 2012, below the national average. About 8% of the population is older than 60 years. Currently Walapane Divisional Secretariat is the administrative authority for the region. In Walapane 70% of are Buddhists, 15% are Hindu, 7.5 % are Muslim and 7.5% are Christian.
Major towns in Walapane Divisional Secretariat includes Walapane, Ragala, Nildandahinna, Padiyapelella and Udapussallawa.
Padiyapelalla is a small town located 20km towards Kandy on B413 road. It also the key town to enter Mathurata and Mandaram Nuwara. Kabaragala Falls and Belihuloya are some of the features around the area.
Kabaragala falls is in Elamulla area. To reach this waterfall take Mandaram Nuwara road just before the bridge near Padiyapelella town and take a right turn toward the Elamulla power plant passing Elamulla town. 6 km from palidiyapella. Kabaragala waterfall is situated right behind the power house. Although it is mention, need written permission to visit at powerhouse, actually no need. Just talk to plant officer or plant operator to go through the powerhouse area to visit at waterfall. If you need they may show the Hydropower plant as well.
Mandaram Nuwara road is a very scenic one. It had rained for about an hour just before we went and there were a plenty of cascades along the road making it even more scenic. Mandaram Nuwara area under the mist covered Piduruthalagala could be seen far away through a gap. It was a great view.
From Padiyapelalla to MA Eco bungalow at Elamulla and this stretch of road was carpeted and in very good condition. Enjoy very tasty village style lunch can prepared with fresh vegetables and fruits plucked from their own farm.
Road infrastruture has been upgreaded in 2015 with two way lanes in place. There are many jeep trails and off roads. For more adventurous trip go by a 4X4. Many rural roads are not suitable for passenger cars.
Public transportation is available From capital (Colombo – Walapane) via bus service. The bus route number is 21. Buses located Colombo Pettah main bus stand. Alternatively catch the rail or bus to the Hill Capital Kandy from Colombo. Then change to bus route 685/5 (Kandy – Walapane). If you like to travel by your self, use a 4×4 for maximum advantage.
Walapane | The Place To Visit In Nuwara Eliya